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High School Student Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Children's Mercy! Our student volunteer roles are highly competitive and registration can close within weeks of opening. Unfortunately not all applicants are accepted into the program.

2019 summer high school student volunteer session

The 2019 Summer High School Student Volunteer Session is a commitment for individuals interested in volunteering on the same day and time each week. The majority of volunteer opportunities are at Children’s Mercy Adele Hall Campus, Monday-Friday 7am-5pm.

Important dates to remember


  • Wednesday, January 31: Deadline for new, and current/returning volunteers to submit online application and required completed health form and immunization record.

  • Friday, April 19: By this date, you will be notified if you have been accepted into the program or not. If you are accepted you will be informed of your volunteer role and schedule.

  • Saturday, May 18: Required Orientation date for all students. If you are unable to attend orientation, you will not be accepted into the program. New volunteers will attend an all-day orientation. Current or returning students will join us for the second half of the day to train to their volunteer role.

Please note all communication will be sent to you via email. Please use a valid email address that you check often, and make sure to add as a safe sender so the communication you receive does not go to your junk box/spam folder.

High school student volunteer requirements


Please read the following requirements carefully and ensure you meet all of them before submitting your application. This process is in place to provide a safe, positive experience for our patients and their families, and for you as a volunteer.

  • Age: You are at least 16 years old by the start of the volunteer session for which you are applying. (If you are 18 and will have graduated high school by the summer, please advance to the college registration page)

  • Time Commitment: You can volunteer in a three-hour shift in a specific role each week. For summer sessions, volunteers are asked to commit to 30 hours of service. During academic year sessions, volunteers are asked to commit to 50 or 100 hours of service.

  • Schedule: On your application please indicate the days and times you are free to volunteer. Please note: High School volunteer roles are only offered Mon-Fri 7am-5pm. If you are only available during the evenings and weekends, we will not be able to place you in a volunteer role.

  • Health & Background Clearance: The health and safety of our patients and their families is paramount, so you’ll be required to pass a background check, complete a health form and maintain current vaccinations.

  • Performance Standards: You are prepared to abide by all hospital policies, including all patient confidentiality rules and customer service expectations.


How to become a student volunteer


  • Step 1: Submit your health form

  • Step 2: Fill out an application

    • For new volunteers: Once we receive your health form, we will send you a link to complete an online application.

    • If you are a current or returning student, please complete the returning student registration form.

  • Step 3: Complete orientation at Children's Mercy

    Learn about volunteering at Children’s Mercy. Complete online training, background check, and lab draw. All volunteers must be able to attend orientation on May 19, 2019.

Get experience and give back as a volunteer


High school volunteers like you play an important role in helping the families Children’s Mercy serves have a positive experience.

From helping families find where they are going to entertaining kids in the waiting room, you’ll make a BIG difference in any role you take on. And, you’ll earn credit for volunteering!

As a high school student volunteer, you can’t shadow the medical staff or watch procedures, but you will get experience in a hospital setting and make a difference for kids and families when they need it most.


Explore volunteer opportunities for high school students


High school student volunteers support the Children’s Mercy staff, as well as help make the experience here a positive one for patients, families and visitors.

Each opportunity uniquely supports our mission to transform the lives of kids cared for at Children’s Mercy.

Guest services & hospitality roles

Help make every visitor feel welcome and ensure they feel comfortable from the moment they walk in the door and throughout their time at the hospital.

Outpatient roles

Engage patients and their families in fun activities to help pass time in the waiting room areas throughout the hospital.

Have questions about being a high school student volunteer?

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about becoming a volunteer at Children’s Mercy.